Mariana Andrade comes from a district of São Paulo marked by violent conflicts between street gangs and the police. Football has always been Mariana’s passion. Football has helped her not only to develop as a person but, thanks to the support of local trainers, to have real prospects for the future. At the age of 17 she received an invitation to become a member of the Brazilian national squad, but her life circumstances held her back at this point in time. She had to quit professional football to support her family. But giving up was never an option for Mariana. Through sport, she was able to make a fresh start after this setback. Thanks to a local sponsorship project, she started to play street football and made it to the 2014 street football world championships in her home country. Even after 2014, football remained a significant part of her life – she gave advanced training courses, became a spokesperson for the youth network of terre des hommes and studied social work. In 2020, her dream of becoming a professional footballer became a reality. But she didn’t forget her origins. In addition to sport, she is now working to combat racism and violence against young people in her home city of São Paulo.